FC: Survivors of Mankind and Survivors of Humanity
1: The Road by Cormac McCarthy. The terrifying story tells of a father and son, traveling south through an apocalyptic America The father's dying and the boy's starving. The scorched world, all units of life, even the snow that falls, even the air survivors breathe, has been bathed and soaked in dim-gray ashes. Desperation penetrates and shrinks the souls of mankind. Pandemonium and murder everywhere and our duo of survivors struggles to defend their selves with nothing but a pistol, a cart of scavenged food, and their will to carry the fire.
3: Synopsis of the journey. Explanations: The fork piercing the smaller fork represents the cannibalism, the boy and his father encountered, while the sizes represents the idea of "hunter > prey". The numerous icons are obstacles and key events that the boy experienced during his migration south.
5: "Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before. " -page 1
6: despair succumb diminishing
14: When all is lost and the world's shattered, will the hearts and souls of the people disappear? | No.
15: Humans are survivors, enduring hardships forever.Being a survivor isn't the same as being a vulture and a pig. Surviving means enduring and persevering, but sometimes we abandon love, loyalty,our ethics. However, we aren't just survivors we're survivors of humanity. Vultures scavenge, fight, steal and eat corpses, pigs fight to eat everything including their own family, these animals never break out of their rut, unlike us, humans. Throughout history, we've encountered wars, disasters, each time, we've rebounded
16: then, moved on. World War II is a great example of our resolution, during this nightmare, Japanese people have tortured and massacred thousands,but now, japan is regarded as one of the most kind, honorable, respectful people on earth. The man from the book is another example of humanity: after the man and the boy are robbed of all their possessions( including clothes), while taking a bath, and the man catches the thief, he takes back all of their wealth as well as the thief's possessions. Half an hour later, having a change of heart, the man sets the thief's clothes under a rock, and the thief's
17: shoes on the rock. The boy himself is regarded as the symbol of humanity in the book, during their journey, the boy's acts prove so, as well his papa mentioned numerous times that " If he (the boy) is not the word of God God never spoke." Even though a catastrophe happened, humanity still lived on, among the tragedies,the vultures, and the pigs, a few humans survived.
18: Explanation of the images. - pg 6. : despair/succumb-to-sin-man, -pg 7. : shark- cannibilism, rope breaking- will/humanity breaking -pg. 10: butterfly- delicate, human soul -pg. 11: small,dainty, fragile,,flower among grass- good among a world of evil
19: - pg. 13: arrow- repeating the journey/history again, experiencing both corrupted, immoral, and ethical, noble human qualities.